April 08, 2015 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #8: April 08, 2015

Nothing But Net: How Much did Indiana's Legislature Cost Indiana?

There are bad decisions and there are bad decisions made worse by their timing. And at the end of the day, it was the combination of both that made Indiana lawmakers change their minds. But the fiasco that was the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has long-ranging implications.

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Destination Spotlight

The Famously Hot Sports Scene of Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina's capital city welcomes sports of every kind to enjoy the Columbia championship experience. Tennis, running, baseball, soccer and rowing events all can find a home here. In addition, competitive dance, cheer and other indoor pursuits will find capital facilities. And when the games come to an end, the fun factor of Columbia kicks in. Visitors will find world-class attractions like the South Carolina State House and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, as well as a host of others, to put the icing on the sports destination cake. With an easy-to-reach location, a host of accommodations and multiple options for dining, Columbia is a natural choice.

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In other news and commentary...
World Cup Site Up for Grabs, but Balance of Power Has Shifted

FIFA's executive committee announced it will decide the host of the 2026 World Cup -- the next tournament for which the USA is eligible to bid to host -- in 2017. The US is widely considered the favorite to host. but the site selection process has been something of a mystery. However, all that is said to be changing.

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Pickleball: The Sport with a Funny Name is Serious About Tourism

The sport with the funny name is serious about attracting national competitions to new destinations. Pickleball, a paddle sport that looks a bit like tennis but is played with a ball similar to a whiffle ball, is growing at an astonishing rate, with new multi-court facilities open for business all over the U.S.

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Oregon Senate Moving in Favor of Convention Center Hotel

Hotels in Oregon aren't liking a bill that would remove their ability to object to competition in the area. The Oregon Senate moved to clear the way for a proposed 600-room Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center, financed in part by the Metro regional government. Other hoteliers are angry, citing increased competition and pressure to lower room rates.

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USA Football to Host Eight-Nation International Tournament

The fifth International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship will be July 9-18 in Canton, Ohio. The field will include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the United States, the two-time defending champion. IFAF is working with 78 countries spanning six continents with national federations for American football, up from 21 member nations in 2006.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Team Handball

If you're still envisioning handball as a marginalized pastime -- something played only in rec centers with a small ball, USA Team Handball has a message for you: it's time to get schooled. This Olympic sport is poised for growth with a new training center, exciting new personnel and a game plan to grow at the collegiate level upwards.

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March/April 2015

March/April 2015

Your business is the business of sports - all that goes on behind the scenes to make the athletes look good and the spectators feel proud. This issue of Sports Destination Management includes some of the best information in the business, written by the best professionals in the business. Learn about insurance, stay-to-play, lodging and medical planning, as well as updates about the AAU and US Quidditch. You can also learn about the best facilities - and the best tips - for hosting can't-miss golf, baseball and aquatics events, as well as some great venues if you're planning a sports event in the mountain states. Click here to start your learning experience now.

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